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An international biotechnology company specializing in the development and production of microbial products for the natural treatment of environmental issues associated with the various uses of water and recycling of organic matter. Currently, Microbe-Lift products are the most sought after product for water quality, clarity and overall koi and pond maintenance. Microbe-Lift PL is the #1 water clarifier asked for by name.

Microbe-Lift Biological Water Treatments

Use biologicals for long term, preventative treatments. Specifically formulated to naturally balance pond water and improve clarity. Offering liquid and dry beneficial bacteria, barley products, sludge removers and more. Microbe-Lift PL is the #1 water clarifier asked for by name.

Microbe-Lift Fish Food

Microbe-Lift Legacy foods are made by the extrusion process, not pelleting. During extrusion, the cell walls of all organic substances contained in the food are disintegrated under pressure. The nutrients hidden in these cells are thus easily accessible for digesting agents, resulting in much higher digestibility in comparison. All Legacy foods have an extremely low phosphorous content, keeping fish waste at a minimum.

Microbe-Lift Chemical Water Treatments

A complete line of chemical treatments for your pond or water feature. Featuring the popular algaecide Algaway 5.4, water conditioners, pond salt, flocculants, carbon, dyes, and more.

Microbe-Lift Water Treatment Kits

Use these kits to maintain optimum clarity and quality in your pond or water feature. Featuring the Mean Green Algae Team, Pondless Waterfall Kit, Algaway & PL, and the popular EZ Start Pond Kit. The EZ Start Pond Kit contains a full season's bacterial needs at a discounted price.

Microbe-Lift Plant Care

Specially formulated liquid plant supplements will encourage root growth, blossom development, nutrient availability, and overall plant growth. Featuring Bloom & Grow, Ensure, and Nourish. Planting media, pre-colonized with beneficial bacteria, is also available whenever potting, planting, or transplanting aquatic plants.

Microbe-Lift Liquid Mosquito Control

Kills developing mosquitoes before they become breeding, biting adults. Liquid biological mosquito control is specially formulated for water gardens, fountains & areas where standing water exists. With no adverse effect on the aesthetics of ponds and water features it can be applied to areas that can contain aquatic life, fish and plants.

Microbe-Lift Fish Care

Reduce the potential for common diseases and treat current with Microbe-Lift's complete product line of fish health treatments. Featuring the popular Broad Spectrum Disease Treatment for use when advanced parasitic or fungal disease is suspected or present.

Microbe-Lift Media Bags & Test Kits

Featuring a heavy-duty drawstring enclosure, use filter media bags to house bio-balls, lava rock, barley pellets, carbon pellets, etc. Maintain optimal water quality with frequent tests using Microbe-Lift Test Kits.

All Microbe-Lift Products

Balancing the pond with Microbe Lift products is safe for wildlife and pets and promotes fish growth and health.

Most Popular Microbe-Lift Products

Microbe-Lift PL

A natural, beneficial, environmentally safe bacteria that is non-pathogenic, non-toxic and non-caustic. Microbe-lift PL creates a healthy environment in your pond and promotes faster fish growth. It improves dissolved oxygen levels and reduces hydrogen sulfide odors. Microbe-lift PL works in both high and low alkalinity. It metabolizes dead algae and dissolves away organic sludge.

  • Contains photosynthetic bacteria
  • Creates a cleaner environment for your pond
  • Improves fish health, growth and longevity
  • Promotes cycling of pond including nitrate elimination
  • Seeds and maintains biological filter
  • Safe for wildlife and pets that may drink out of pond
  • Use when water temperatures are above 50F
  • 2 years unopened shelf-life, 1 year opened
Microbe-Lift PL Basic Application Rates
Pond Size
1st Application
Next 4 Weeks
(once per week)
(once per month)
10 - 20 2 oz. 1 oz. 1 oz.
21-50 4 oz. 1.5 oz. 1.5 oz.
51-80 6 oz. 1.5 oz. 1.5 oz.
81-250 8 oz. 2 oz. 2 oz.
251-500 10 oz. 3 oz. 3 oz.
501-1,000 14 oz. 5 oz. 5 oz.
1,001-1,500 18 oz 6 oz. 6 oz.
1,501-2,500 24 oz 8 oz. 8 oz.
2,501-3,500 28 oz. 10 oz. 10 oz.
3,501-5,000 32 oz. 12 oz. 12 oz.
5,001-7,500 40 oz. 16 oz. 16 oz
7,501-10,000 48 oz. 20 oz. 20 oz.

Microbe-Lift PL

Item Size Add
1 pint
1 quart
Microbe-Lift PL 1 gallon (MPN 10PLG4)
$71.95 $50.37 | 143 Points
FREE $10.00 Free Gift Certificate Code
1 gallon
5 gallons
Microbe-Lift Algaway 5.4 Algaecide

Compare to AlgaeFix, same active ingredient and 20% more concentrated.

Algaecide For Ponds - Stops Algae Growth & Controls string algae!

No more green water with ALGAWAY 5.4 Algaecide!

It stops algae growth in ponds and can be applied to areas that contain fish and plants!

For use in self-contained ornamental ponds and fountains without any outflow. For small ponds with heavy algae growth, clean the excess algae off the sides and ornaments before adding ALGAWAY 5.4 . This will reduce the amount of decaying organic matter.

Fountains, Small Ponds with goldfish and koi - Treat only those fountains and ponds which will have no outflow after treatment. High water temperatures cause more rapid natural decay of dead algae which can cause fish distress. If animals are present clean out excess algae as stated above or use before temperature exceeds 75F (24C).

CAUTIONS: In ponds, insure that water is well aerated via waterfall, fountain or other method to prevent fish loss. Aeration must be continuous. Not safe for use with snails, shrimp and other crustaceans or mollusks.

Repeat dosage once per week.

Microbe-Lift Algaway Application Rates
Volume of water to treat (gallons) Dosage
360 gallons1 oz

Microbe-Lift Algaway 5.4 Algaecide

Item Size Treats (up to) Add
8 oz
2,839 gallons
16 oz
5,678 gallons
32 oz
11,356 gallons
Microbe-Lift Algaway 5.4, 1 Gallon (MPN ALGAGAL)
$74.95 $52.47 | 125 Points
FREE $10.00 Free Gift Certificate Code
1 gallon
45,424 gallons
2.5 gallons
113,560 gallons
Microbe-Lift Barley Straw Extract

Liquid concentrate barley straw extract specifically formulated to naturally balance pond water and improve clarity. Goes to work on contact, decomposition begins immediately, no messy residual. One bottle is equal to multiple barley straw bales. The chart below is designed for first time users. After initial dosing the product goes considerably further:

A Liquid Extract of Barley Straw Especially Helpful Where Bottom Drains Are Present. An environmentally responsible, cost-efficient pond conditioner that is a clean & easy, natural & organic approach to a healthy pond environment.

  • Goes to work on contact
  • Releases decomposition by-products immediately
  • Not harmful to aquatic life, plants, humans and pets
  • One bottle is equal to a multiple of barley straw bales
  • Can be used all year round, No messy residue

Maturing A Pond Biologically and Chemically

When a pond's ecosystem is mature and balanced, the water is usually clear and healthy for aquatic life. This maturation process is a function of the microbiological and chemical properties of the water.

NATURAL CHEMICAL MATURATION - Microbe-Lift Barley Straw LIQUID & DRY formulations help to mature the pond with natural chemicals just as a pure mountain stream matures through the years by the introduction of natural breakdown products from trees, plants, etc. These natural breakdown products often include humic and fulvic acid and organic acids that have a natural ability to sequester, or tie up, inorganic compounds, so their concentrations in the pond don't get to levels that would unbalance the ponds ecosystem. These substances can also lead to natural purification of the pond through a slow release of hydrogen peroxide as they react with sunlight. The hydrogen peroxide is produced at levels that help purify the water while not having any adverse effects on desirable aquatic life. The sequestering, in conjunction with microbiological cycling, provides a stable natural ecosystem in your pond.

BIOLOGICAL MATURATION The microbiological maturation process involves development of symbiotic populations of bacteria, which stabilize the critical organic and inorganic components of the pond. The microorganisms do this through their ability to promote "biogeochemical cycles" including carbon, nitrogen and phosphorous cycles - elements critical to all forms of aquatic life. By stabilizing these components, the bacteria prevent pollution of the pond. It can take some time to accomplish this "biological maturation" in a man-made pond and may never occur as the maturation process is constantly interrupted by certain pond practices like cleaning out the pond. The process can be accelerated significantly through the use of Microbe-Lift PL - a virtual "ecosystem in a bottle" - and mimics the complex interdependent populations in a mature pond.

Microbe-Lift Barley Straw Extract Basic Application Rates
Pond Size
Next 3 Weeks
(once per week)
(once per month)
up to 500 2 oz .5 oz. .75 oz.
501 - 1,000 3 oz. .75 oz. 1.25 oz.
1,001 - 1,500 4 oz. 1 oz. 1.5 oz.
1,501 - 2,000 6 oz. 1.25 oz. 1.75 oz.
2,001 - 3,000 8 oz. 1.5 oz. 2.25 oz.
3,001 - 4,000 10 oz. 2 oz. 3 oz.
4,001 - 5,000 12 oz. 2.5 oz. 3.5 oz.
5,001 - 6,000 16 oz. 3 oz. 4 oz.
6,001 - 7,000 20 oz. 3.5 oz. 4.5 oz.
7,001 - 8,000 24 oz. 5 oz. 6 oz.
8,001 - 10,000 32 oz. 6 oz. 8 oz.

Microbe-Lift Barley Straw Extract

Item Size Treats (up to) Add
8 oz
200 gallon pond up to 2 1/2 months
16 oz
200 gallon pond up to 11 months
32 oz
500 gallon pond up to 5 1/2 months
64 oz
1000 gallon pond up to 6 1/2 months
1 gallon
5 gallon
Microbe-Lift Sludge Away

Formulated for the removal of organic bottom solids that are slow to degrade, especially helpful in ponds that have a rock or gravel bottom or where vacuuming is impractical. As organic solids accumulate on the pond bottom, they begin to break down releasing toxic gasses. These gaseous by-products can endanger fish, marine life and plants. Microbe-Lift Sludge Away reduces and eliminates potential harmful gaseous compounds and helps clarify your pond water at the same time.

Be aware, when added it will temporarily darken the water. The color can take up to 1-2 weeks to dissipate but is harmless to plants, fish or other inhabitants and will not harm humans or animals. The color is due to the type of bacteria necessary to biodegrade the more difficult buildup of debris and sludge. The bacteria must first solubilize the sludge before it can be biodegraded.  It is the solubilization process which discolors the water. Depending upon the amount of buildup to be solubilized, the discoloration time will vary.

  • Organic and microbial based
  • Safe for fish, plants, pets and the environment
  • Provides "rapid and natural sludge and muck removal"

  • Microbe-Lift Sludge Away Rates
    Pond Size
    (once per week for 4 weeks)
    80-2,500 2 oz per 100 gal. 1 oz per 100 gal.
    2,501 - 5,000 1.75 oz per 100 gal 1 oz per 100 gal.
    5,001 + 1.5 oz per 100 gal 1 oz per 100 gal.

    Microbe-Lift Sludge Away

    Item Size Add
    1 quart
    1 gallon
    5 gallon
    Microbe-Lift (Summer Staple) - Sinking
    Sinking pellets with added color enhancers.

    Legacy SINKING FOOD PELLETS are a great way to make sure your newly added pond fish receive balanced meals while adjusting to their new surroundings.

    Generally, new fish are "shy" until they become more familiar with their surroundings. Legacy sinking food is also great for stressed or sick fish that don't come to the pond's surface and feed off the bottom of the pond.

    Contains stabilized vitamin C. Will not cloud the water. Protein 36%

    • Pellet size 0.30.4 cm
    Guaranteed Analysis
    Crude Protein (min.)36% Crude Fat (min.) 6%
    Crude Fiber (max.)5% Moisture (max.)8%
    Ash (max.)9% Phosphorus (min.) 1.3%
    Copper (min.) 7 mg/kg

    Microbe-Lift (Summer Staple) - Sinking

    Item Size Add
    14 oz
    3 lbs
    5 lbs 12 oz
    18 lbs 8 oz
    40 lbs (bag)
    Microbe-Lift Liquid Mosquito Control

    Kills developing mosquitoes before they become breeding, biting adults including those that may transmit West Nile Virus, Equine Encephalitis and Heart Worm Disease (in dogs and cats). Safe for plants and fish.

    Liquid Biological Mosquito Control Specially Formulated for Decorative Water Gardens, Fountains & Areas Where Standing Water Exists. Microbe-Lift BMC is a liquid product, so it has no adverse effect on the aesthetics of ponds and water features and can be applied to areas that can contain aquatic life, fish and plants. It can also be applied to areas used by or in contact with humans, animals, horses, livestock, pets, birds or wildlife.

    • Up to 14 days activity depending on application site
    • Disperses easily in water
    • No fish toxicity
    • No toxicity to non-target invertebrates
    • Significantly lower potential for development of resistance in target insect
    • populations than chemical larvicides such as methoprene
    • No adverse aesthetics to the pond and no organic or inorganic residues.
    • 3 year shelf-life @ 72 F
    Microbe-Lift Liquid Mosquito Control Dosage
    Use 2.5 mL per 1,000 gallons of water
    Up to 14 days activity depending on application site

    Microbe-Lift Liquid Mosquito Control

    Item Size Treats (up to) Add
    6 oz
    A 2,500 gallon pond for 7 months
    1 gallon
    For lakes, golf course and park ponds
    2.5 gallons
    For lakes, golf course and park ponds
    Microbe-Lift Broad Spectrum Disease Treatment

    Formulated with Malachite Green & Formalin. Use for disease caused by Ichthyophithirius (Ich), Chilodonella, Costia, Oodinium, Trichodina and fungal infections.

    Microbe-Lift BSDT is the preeminent broad spectrum malachite green and formalin treatment. The only malachite green and formalin treatment that can be used in water temperatures as low as 50F, thus allowing treatment in early Spring and late Fall. 

    Malachite green and formalin are two drugs that are more effective and less toxic in combination than when used individually. This is the definition of synergism. What makes Microbe-Lift BSDT the preeminent product in this field is the fact that it is formulated with malachite green chloride, instead of the more toxic oxalate salt. As with any malachite green and formalin treatment, do NOT use with other medications.

    Microbe-Lift Broad Spectrum Disease Dosage
    Pond Size (gallons) Dosage
    Any Add 3.5 oz. per 1,000 gallons of water
    Prior to initial use, at least a 25% water change should be made. A nearly total water change (>90%) will greatly improve effectiveness. Carbon Filtration must be removed and UV's turned off during treatment.
    Treat once a day for three consecutive days. 

    Cannot ship when temperatures are freezing

    Microbe-Lift Broad Spectrum Disease Treatment

    Item Size Treats (up to) Add
    16 oz
    4,800 gallons
    32 oz
    9,600 gallons
    1 gal
    38,400 gallons
    Microbe-Lift Big Bites Summer Staple Food
    Floating & Sinking Pellets with Added Color Enhancers

    As the warmer weather sets in, begin increasing the frequency and quantity of your feeding. The Summer Staple Food has animal protein and color enhancers that are needed during this season. The added color enhancers are made up of astaxanthin (crab shell), spirulina and krill, which all promote brilliant color development.

    • When Your Bigger Fish Deserve the Very Best!
    • Contains Stabilized Vitamin C
    • Will Not Cloud Water
    • Pellet size 0.71.1 cm
    Guaranteed Analysis
    Crude Protein (min.)36% Crude Fat (min.) 6%
    Crude Fiber (max.)5% Moisture (max.)8%
    Ash (max.)9% Phosphorus (min.) 1.3%
    Copper (min.) 7 mg/kg

    Microbe-Lift Big Bites Summer Staple Food

    Item Size Add
    2 lbs 12 oz
    6 lbs
    Out of Stock
    16 lbs 12 oz
    Out of Stock
    40 lbs (bag)
    Microbe-Lift Ensure
    Encourages better root and blossom development, and healthier overall plant growth.

    Specially Formulated For Natural Or Decorative Water Gardens. Encourages better root and blossom development and healthier overall plant growth. Ensures a healthy start for plants and reduces transplant shock.

    • Increases luster of leaves and pads and reduces browning of leaf edges
    • Establishes and maintains symbiotic microbial populations
    • Promotes greater plant vitality and stimulates root formation and growth
    • Enhances ability of plants to utilize light, water and nutrients by making the nutrients more bio available
    • Ensures natural water conditions
    • Biologically supports a good pond balance resulting in a vigorous growth environment
    • Compatible with all pond fish, wildlife and the other MICROBE-LIFT products
    • Improves tolerance to temperature fluctuations
    • This bacterial product does not contain any nutrients!

    Microbe-Lift Ensure Basic Application Rates
    Pond Size (gallons) 1st Application (purge) Next 4 weeks (once per week) Maintenance (once per month)
    80-200 3.5 oz 2.5 oz 2 oz
    201-500 4 oz 3 oz 3 oz
    501-1,000 5 oz 4 oz 4 oz
    1,001-5,000 6 oz 5 oz 5 oz
    5,000-10,000 8 oz 6 oz 6 oz

    Microbe-Lift Ensure

    Item Size Treats (up to) Add
    32 oz
    500 gallon pond for up to 7 months
    1 gallon
    10,000 gallon pond up to 17 months
    Microbe-Lift OPC - Oxy Pond Cleaner

    Break Down Unsightly Debris! Microbe-Lift Oxy Pond Cleaner will safely yet immediately breakdown accumulated debris from rocks, streams and on waterfalls. Microbe-Lift OPC, Oxy Pond Cleaner will safely spot-treat all areas of light-to-heavy accumulations of debris on rocks, waterfalls, streams, planters, etc. Microbe-Lift Oxy Pond Cleaner is 100% safe when used as directed.

    • Uses Oxygen Power to break down unsightly debris
    • Especially helpful on streams and waterfalls
    • Deep cleans planters and rocks
    • Helps to prevent pond odors
    • Oxidizes and Detoxifies

    Directions: Microbe-Lift OPC, Oxy Pond Cleaner is not temperature sensitive but works best in warmer weather. To achieve the best results, manually clean out as much accumulated debris from the pond as possible and shut down waterfalls before cleaning. Do not dilute. To treat areas with debris build up, sprinkle over areas needing treatment. Make direct contact but avoid live plants where possible. To maintain a continued proper ecosystem in your pond, always add Microbe-Lift PL, or any bacterial/enzymatic treatment, 48 hours after using Microbe-Lift Oxy Pond Cleaner.

    Before Use: Use Microbe-Lift Ammonia Test Strips to test for the presence of ammonia in your pond water. If ammonia levels are above 0.8mg/L, DO NOT apply Microbe-Lift OPC, Oxy Pond Cleaner until the ammonia level is brought down below 0.8mg/L. If ammonia levels exceed 1.0mg/L, add Microbe-Lift Ammonia Remover.

    After Use: Ammonia levels should be monitored for two days following applications of ANY/ALL oxygen release compounds as they can kill beneficial bacteria in a pond/lake resulting in an ammonia or nitrite spike. Use Microbe-Lift Ammonia Test Strips to test for the presence of ammonia. If your ammonia levels exceed 1.0mg/L., add Microbe-Lift Ammonia Remover to reduce the ammonia level to 0.8mg/L or below.

    Microbe-Lift Oxy Pond Cleaner Application Rates
    Pond Size (gallons) Weekly Maintenance (No Existing Debris) Light Debris Accumulation Heavy Debris Accumulation
    80 - 200 .75 oz. 1 oz. 1.5 oz.
    201 - 500 1.5 oz. 2 oz. 3 oz.
    501 - 1,000 4 oz. 6 oz. 8 oz.
    1,001 - 1,500 6 oz. 8 oz. 12 oz.
    1,501 - 2,500 8 oz. 12 oz. 16 oz.
    Large Ponds & Lakes
    Apply around perimeter of pond/lake as much as needed
    Pond Cleaning/Non-Painted Surfaces
    96 oz. per 1,000 sq. ft. of surface area to be cleaned

    Microbe-Lift OPC - Oxy Pond Cleaner

    Item Size Add
    2 lbs
    8 lbs
    18 lbs
    45 lbs

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